This article was featured in FSR Magazine.
A lot has changed in 11 months since our last Rising Star Report. The coronavirus pummeled restaurants and forever altered the trajectory of both the sector and the people comprising it. Many up-and-comers lost their jobs through no fault of their own, while others had to put big projects on hold.
At the same time, the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19 also galvanized these nimble chefs, restaurateurs, managers, consultants, and others to dare the impossible. Whether starting a new venture, organizing relief for those in need, or throwing out the old rules and creating a fresh operating model, these 29 Rising Stars are demonstrating that they, and the greater industry, are tougher than we could’ve imagined.